BMO Bank of Montreal Opens New $2.6 Million Summit Branch in Kamloops



    BMO Financial Group Announces $50,000 Donation to Kamloops Art Gallery at
    Branch Opening

    KAMLOOPS, BC, March 8 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal officially opened its
new Kamloops branch today at an official ribbon cutting ceremony with City of
Kamloops Mayor, Terry Lake.
    The grand opening ceremony also served as the stage to announce BMO
Financial Group's $50,000 donation to Kamloops Art Gallery with permanent
naming of the Open Space Gallery. BMO's contribution to the gallery recognizes
the importance that arts and culture play in the life and vibrancy of a city
such as Kamloops.
    The 13,700 sq. ft., two-storey branch, located in the Summit Shopping
Centre at Columbia Street West and Notre Dame Drive, represents an infusion of
$2.6 million into the local community. Bank of Montreal first established a
branch in Kamloops in 1911 and has four branches in the city; two located in
Canada Safeway stores.
    "The opening of the new Kamloops Summit Shopping Centre Branch is all
about enhancing customer service and product offerings to make it easier for
BMO clients in Kamloops and the surrounding region to do all of their banking
with just one bank...BMO," said Sean Armstrong, Vice President, BC Interior,
North & Yukon, BMO Bank of Montreal. "Our BMO staff are excited to be in new,
state-of-the-art premises and eager to provide their customers with a better
banking experience each and every time they walk through our doors," added Mr.
Armstrong.
    The new BMO branch will have more than 50 staff members on site,
including senior lenders, mortgage specialists, financial planners and BMO
Nesbitt Burns advisors offering the respective products and solutions
available through BMO Bank of Montreal, BMO Nesbitt Burns and BMO Harris
Private Banking.
    The branch location, in a major retail and commercial development, offers
a central convenient location, ample free parking, an InstaBank Extra
drive-through ABM and access to a variety of other stores and services. The
new BMO branch has extended hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. -
5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    This year, BMO will renovate 30 locations and open 15 new branches across
Canada to make it more convenient for our customers to manage their finances.

    BMO Bank of Montreal is a member of BMO Financial Group, one of the
largest financial services providers in North America. BMO Financial Group
serves clients across Canada through BMO Bank of Montreal, BMO Harris Private
Banking and BMO Nesbitt Burns, one of Canada's leading full-service investment
firms. BMO Financial Group has 3000 employees in British Columbia and 140 BMO
Bank of Montreal branches.

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For further information:

For further information: Laurie Grant, Vancouver, laurie.grant@bmo.com,
(604) 665-7596; Internet: www.bmo.com


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